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Post Spring: Offensive Top Risers

Five players on the offensive side of the ball who improved the most this spring and established themselves as candidates for meaningful snaps this season, or in the future.

Melvin Gordon

1. Melvin Gordon

Redshirt freshman Running Back Melvin Gordon broke open spring ball in a big way. In his first year on campus, Gordon looked hesitant, but right from the beginning of spring practice in 2012, showed vision and a burst that earned him a four-star rating coming out of high school. In the spring game, Gordon also solidified himself as Wisconsin's running back of the future, carrying the Cardinal squad without the help of Montee Ball and James White.

2. Kenzel Doe

Sophomore Wide Receiver Kenzel Doe looks stronger and faster from a season ago. Doe is now equipped to catch the ball over the middle and get behind the defense. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound receiver also looks much more confident returning kicks and punts.

3. Joel Stave

Redshirt freshman Quarterback Joel Stave went from a young quarterback with potential, to a viable challenger to the incumbent Maryland transfer Danny O'Brien this fall. Stave didn't start the spring strong, but as the practices wore on, was much better at reading the defense and making the correct throw. Stave was also very careful with the ball and didn't turn it over very often. If he wants to start this upcoming season, he'll have to stretch the field longer and prove he can lead a high-octane offense.

4. Chase Hammond

Sophomore Wide Receiver Chase Hammond had a big showing in the spring game, but really came on towards the end of spring practices. With his size, Hammond is a great target and now that he's finally healthy, is a much improved route runner. Hammond was working with the No. 1 offense late in the spring and may even be the Badgers' No. 2 receiver come this fall.

Chase Hammond

5. Kyle Costigan

Sophomore Offensive Guard Kyle Costigan may come up short in his quest to win a starting job this fall, but he'll likely receive playing time, especially early in the season. Costigan is a beast up front, and is still getting re-acclimated to the offensive side of the ball. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman is still getting his technique down, but by this fall, should be much farther along in his progression.

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